Child Welfare Organizational Capacities

Learn about the identified five dimensions of capacity, browse examples of each, and find out why each dimension is important to an organization.

Publication year: 2015
Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative


Defines "capacity," summarizes five dimensions of capacity that have been identified by research, provides examples of each dimension, and describes why each dimension is important to an organization. The five dimensions are resources, infrastructure, knowledge and skills, culture and climate, and engagement and partnership. This brief, the first in a series of four describing the aspects of the work of the Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative, concludes by addressing the role of capacity and capacity building in improving performance in States, Tribes, and courts.

Suggested Citation

Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative. (2015). Child welfare organizational capacities. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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